Robert Parker – 91-93
“The 2016 Echézeaux Grand Cru was affected by the frost, 40% less than normal, although the yield was not too bad in the end according to Pascal Mugneret. It has a very well defined, quite focused bouquet with red and black cherries, blackcurrant leaf, bergamot and light Earl Grey scents. The palate is medium-bodied with quite firm tannin, spicy on the tip of the tongue, increasing in complexity towards the earthy, graphite-tinged finish that lingers nicely in the mouth. There is something “”serious”” about this Echézeaux and I suspect that it will need 4 to 5 years in bottle.”
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2038
Vinous – 90/100
The 2016 Echézeaux Grand Cru has a perfumed, floral bouquet with scents of mulberry, briary, pot pourri and a hint of fresh mint. Fine delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet entry, plenty of tart red fruit laced with marmalade and orange zest, although I find the wood tannins "jut out" towards the finish that render the wine drier than expected. Tasted blind at the 2016 Burgfest tasting.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2038